Consett Rotary and some of their family members have been busy helping to plant trees as part of a project in the local area designed to create a back to nature farm experience which is fully inclusive and caters for the needs of families; whether they be able-bodied or physically disabled, neurotypical or neurodiverse.
This project is the work of a farming family who have a family member with a chromosomal disorder and, realising that an area set aside for nature can have a calming effect, have decided to create an environment to help lots of families.
The plans set out include a fully accessible farm area with areas for quiet one-to-one contact with animals and animal therapy sessions. There will also be an accessible pets corner, and areas to view larger animals; along with a fully accessible cafe, sensory rooms and a Changing Places toilet.
The outdoor area will also have an outdoor classroom and a bushcraft area, nature trail and a rustic play area (all with wide, level and accessible paths). In addition, it is planned to build an accessible holiday park, with fully accessible lodges.
With lots of work to be done and much more required, 21 Consett Rotary members and friends spent a few hours planting trees, and with a total of around 800 to be planted the club will be involved to ensure that the project is successful. In the first visit the Club added around 50 hours of work to the project with many more to come.